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Concert Tue Nov 27 2007

Get Hitched With Unwed Sailor (& friends)

This Friday, Chicago hosts two post-rock instrumental boomers (oh, and one indie-pop group). Unwed Sailor and This Will Destroy You (with Kid, You'll Move Mountains along for the ride) come to the Beat Kitchen.

Unwed Sailor first got their start in 1998 in Seattle by guiding member Johnathon Ford. Since then, Unwed Sailor has released four albums, gone through their fair share of members and collaborators, and has switched localities more than a few times (including Chicago, once upon a time). Joined by collaborators from groups as diverse as Damien Jurado (Melissa Palladino), Hong Kong pop artist Nicholas Tse, and a few Okie members of country outfit Lasso -- not to mention Ford's own music history which includes emocore revivalists Roadside Monument and indie pop group Pedro the Lion, and filmmaker Chris Bennett who contributed a 30-minute film movie to Unwed Sailor's 2002 album Stateless -- it's not surprising that Unwed Sailor's releases are some of the most diverse post-rock ambient instrumental albums out there (well, as diverse as post-rock ambient instrumental albums can be). 2001's The Faithful Anchor is your more straightforward instrumental album, while The Marionette and the Music Box in 2003 is an odd fairy tale of, obviously, a marionette doll searching for a music box. The listener (as well as the marionette, I suppose) is helped along with artwork from Jamie Hunt. Needless to say, a live show from Ford (and whoever he has helping him out nowadays) is sure to be interesting. Also, keep an eye out for their newest album, Little Wars which should be coming out soon.

This Will Destroy You is a bit more traditional (or contemporary?) in their post-rock-ness, garnering obvious comparisons to Explosions in the Sky from their 2006 debut Young Mountain. Ambient, dramatic, and climactic, This Will Destroy You plays the age old instrumental game of slow build ups and emotional explosions--but still manages to keep it fresh and interesting.

Kid, You'll Move Mountains is the odd man out, playing with vocals (gasp!) and also a classical pianist (Nina Jones). Created in April of 2006, Kid, You'll Move Mountains features members from all over the Midwest, and are frequently predicted to blow up sometime soon. Do you really want to risk that they'll get big and never play a nice, intimate show like this again? No, you don't.

Unwed Sailor, This Will Destroy You, and Kid, You'll Move Mountains @ Beat Kitchen, 11/30, 9PM. 18+, $10.

 
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